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Enter Feng Shui

Updated: Mar 10

Are things going smoothly for you in your life? If so and life is a breeze then you probably don't need to read this. If, on the other hand, you have some bumps in the road, keep an open mind.

Feng Shui is an ancient art that is now being embraced by western cultures for health, wealth, and to improve the quality of one's life. Many celebrities even turn to it. Examples are Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Heck, even the Coca-Cola headquarters engage in Feng Shui and use it in their offices. They reported an increase in profits and employee efficiency after using it. There must be something to it, right? I am a believer, that is why I include it with my real estate services.

When you get down to it, the basic teaching in all schools of Feng Shui is how to optimize your living environment to bring about balance and harmony. It is all about Qi or energy. The Feng Shui practitioner I work with has mastered the art of working with this mysterious Qi. He can adjust the Qi/energy in a space without the use of compasses or tools. This type of Feng Shui is more rare and taught in Tibet. The same technique can be used to treat illnesses in the body. The practitioner must be highly skilled in meditation and know how to control internal energy along with external energy in the environment. It is actually quite amazing. He can skillfully influence the energy in a space and it can actually be felt by anybody standing in the room. It is very hard to explain with words, you must feel it.

So what is Qi you ask? It is just the energy that is all around us. It is not a hard concept and has been proven by science but is usually invisible to the eye. It is in everything and is everywhere. As Einstein quoted, "Everything is energy and that's all there is to it." The Chinese Sages learned how to harness and control this energy. In Chinese Medicine well-being is gained by achieving a harmonious flow of Qi. The home is not any different than the body. When the energy is unobstructed and has a harmonious flow it is called good Feng Shui.

Here is something you can try for yourself. Turn off all heat or air conditioning in your house and walk through every room and try to feel the energy in each space. Do you feel that any rooms are colder than others? How about heaviness? This is an example of energy or Qi. The colder rooms have a deficiency of Qi. Your body acts in the same way. When we get cold hands and feet the Qi flow is not running smoothly in our bodies and it affects the circulation of blood to the extremities. When Qi flows smoothly and abundantly things prosper and our bodies are healthy. When the flow becomes stuck there is a loss of vitality and bad luck and sickness set in.

Here are some easy tips to keep in mind with home Feng Shui that you can do yourself:

1. Remove any bars from the windows, especially on the exterior of the home. Bars are usually common in Spanish Style Homes which we see in California. The window bars obstruct positive yang energy from flowing into the house.

2. The front door should not open directly to the back door, this is considered bad Feng Shui. A cure for this is to decorate with a piece of furniture such as a small table or a plant that stops the straight line of energy from entering the front door and leaving through the back.

3. Arrange the furniture in the living room so that no chairs are backing onto doors. This can stop the flow of Qi energy in the room.

4. Never arrange a bed diagonally into a corner in a bedroom. This is bad Feng Shui because there is no support behind the bed due to the triangular empty space of the corner.